The Staircase

© SABAM © Foundation Paul Delvaux, Sint-Idesbald - SABAM Belgium 2023

Artist / maker

Paul Delvaux (painters (artists))

Date

1946

Period

20th century
Paul Delvaux, influenced by the work of Giorgio De Chirico, began to experiment with settings and perspective. From this time on, the same motifs often recurred in his work: expressionless figures, temples drawn from classical antiquity or the Renaissance with an explicit, sometimes complex perspective and bathed in an unnatural light. This setting, in grey tones with very few colour…
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Paul Delvaux, influenced by the work of Giorgio De Chirico, began to experiment with settings and perspective. From this time on, the same motifs often recurred in his work: expressionless figures, temples drawn from classical antiquity or the Renaissance with an explicit, sometimes complex perspective and bathed in an unnatural light. This setting, in grey tones with very few colour accents, heightens the unreal atmosphere evoked in such paintings as The Staircase. However Delvaux makes no use of irony, which is a typical feature of Surrealism. His art, which is solemn and rather detached, is more related to the Magic Realism of the Dutch artist Albert Carel Willink.
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Features
Artist / maker Paul Delvaux VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works) AAT
Materials oil paint , plywood
Dimensions 122 x 152.5 cm
Location Work on display
Object number 1950-U
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie - EN

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